Comparative Urbanism (SP)

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode GESP3
Vaknaam Comparative Urbanism (SP)
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Comparative Urbanism (SP)
Leerdoelen After following Comparative Urbanism, you can:
- Juxtapose some of the most influential theoretical writings on institutional theory with a focus on the discipline of planning.
- Discuss the characteristics of different institutional regimes and planning frameworks, and why comparisons matter.
- Explain the dialectic between institutional arrangements and planning practice.
- Design and carry out empirical research, making use of a
comparative approach
- Use a comparative approach to filter out relevant institutional factors that impact upon various forms of spatial decision-making.
- Reflect on the outcomes of self-directed empirical research on institutional differences, taking into account different theoretical perspectives on institutional design.
Omschrijving Some cities offer much more pleasant living environments for humans than others. Comparative Urbanism makes you understand why these differences exist, how you can analyze them, and which strategies can be employed to improve the spatial quality of cities.

Institutions (regulatory frameworks, norms, values, habits, etc.) vary between places and produce different types of space. Due to decentralization and the increased participation of civic- and market actors in decision-making, local differentiation is on the rise. This allows for the formation of new urban regimes, based on new and sometimes surprising coalitions. Policy makers are increasingly interested in understanding why other regimes produce different (or better) outcomes than their own regime, as this might be used as a legitimation for the implementation of new strategies.

Comparative Urbanism introduces you to institutions, why comparisons between places matter, policy-making and evaluation, and ways to carry out empirical research focusing on institutional differences between cities. The course consists of a series of lectures and seminars. Meanwhile, you work on a group research project in which you compare the institutional conditions of two cities (of two different countries), focusing on one concrete planning problem in the field of mobility (supervised by Ramezani), housing and urban inequality (supervised by Wind), or arts & culture (supervised by Van der Vaart). On the basis of your findings, you write an advice for both cities on redesigning their institutions.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Independent study, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Examination with open questions, Group assignments, Oral presentation
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. G. van der Vaart
Docent(en) Guest lecturers , S.L. Mawhorter, PhD. , S. Özogul, PhD. ,Dr. S. Ramezani ,dr. G. van der Vaart
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Articles, to be announced on Nestor.
Opmerkingen Only for SPD students.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Related elective year 2) 2 semester II b keuze